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There are many who say, "O that we might see some good!
Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!
You have put gladness in my heart
more than when their wine and grain abound.
I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.
(The New Oxford Annotated Bible)
I say as many do - alas, would that
I see more good in this world....
Would that I see or would that I focus?
In my waking, working, wandering hours today
would that I focus on the brightness of your creation.
In sharp contrast, my blurry vision in remission;
Only the good drawn to with my mind
From dawn 'til dusk my soul has rejoiced
At darkness, I tumble into bed and peaceful rest
Grateful for your call to focus.
Why is everyone hungry for more?
"More, more," they say. "More, more."
I have God's more-than-enough,
More joy in one ordinary day
Than they got in all their shopping sprees.
At day's end, I'm ready for sound sleep,
For you, God, have put my life back together.
(The Message - Eugene Peterson)
Photo Credit Wikipedia - labeled Psalm 37 - not a reflection of this text today but such a beautiful image, I clicked it:) As I checked the words of P37, my eyes landed on appropriate words for today's portion of Psalms I selected - "Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret - it leads only to evil."